We are pleased to announce that our citizen science project “Melanogaster, Catch The Fly!“, has been one of the 2 selected to be part of the prestigious 2022 annual event of the European Research Council (ERC) “Citizen Science and Frontier Science”, which will take place on December 7th, 2022, at the ERC headquarters in Brussels, with our scientific director, Dr. Josefa González, as a guest speaker.

The event will also be broadcasted online to the public, and from 1430 p.m. to 15:30 p.m. C.E.T (December 7), in the “Young people engaged for the planet” section, they want to invite one of the MelanogasterCTF participating institutes, to connect for a brief intervention explaining their experience in our citizen science project.

Teachers and students of the MelanogasterCTF participating schools who are interested in applying to participate, please send us by email your interest by November 7th to rtorres@fruitfly.eu, taking into account the following aspects and requirements:

  1. Participation and active trajectory in the project including the 2022 collection and classification campaign.
  2. Must be a group of 4 students maximum.
  3. It will be a single connection for the group, therefore, it must be done from the same place, in this case the school.
  4. The participants should have a good knowledge of the project, its scientific objectives and implications. We can do a preparatory session if you think it’s needed.
  5. Good level of English and communication skills to be able to interact with the rest of the participants and answer possible questions about your experience in the citizen science project.
  6. Participate in a connection test prior to the event with ERC/Brussels staff, the last week of November 2022 (exact date and time to be confirmed)
  7. The presentation must be approved by the director of MelanogasterCTF, and the selected group will have all our support and advice to prepare their presentation.

We thank you in advance for your interest, and we want to congratulate everyone, since this is a great international recognition for our project, and an excellent opportunity to give visibility to our citizen science network and the participating institutions, both scientific and educational.

The citizen science project #MelanogasterCTF is organized by the CSIC’s Evolutionary and Functional Genomics Laboratory, and the scientific dissemination platform La Ciència Al Teu Món (LCATM). With the collaboration of the European Drosophila Population Genomics Consortium (DrosEU), and with the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology – Ministry of Science and Innovation. (FECYT) and the European Research Council (ERC).